Nottingham happenings over university fees hike and follow up action on 30th Nov

Nottingham university students demonstrate 24th Nov 2010 against cuts and fees

March between Portland Building and Trent Building on University of Nottingham campus on 24th November 2010

Today (November 24th) in Nottingham saw at least three events that will help us fight the hike in student tuition fees;

Around 60 students form Toot Hill school in Bingham walked out of classes as part of the Day of Action. Students congregated on the steps of the Council House at around midday.

At 2.00pm there was a Rally outside the Portland Building at the University of
Nottingham and more than 50 marched to the Trent building with banner. See COVERAGE OF MARCHES IN NOTTINGHAM, LINCOLN, LEICESTER ON ITV CENTRAL NEWS.

At 4.00pm there was a ‘Teach In’ inside the Portland Building, where 40 students, staff and other NottsSOS members met to work towards future activities: Watch this space!

Nottingham Conservative HQ closed on day of anti-fees protestAnd all day the Tory Party HQ in Nottingham was closed because they thought it would be attacked again. It’s good that they have had to acknowledge the strength of feeling against them, and nice of them to save us the trouble of demonstrating there by closing down anyway!

Let us know if we have missed any events you were involved in.

We want to encourage more students – at school, college and uni – to take action and work together. Nottingham has never been especially radical in terms of student politics. However, direct action has been taken at University of Nottingham several times on  various issues. When the war in Iraq began hundreds of school children walked out of class to join a massive city centre demo. So we can do it!

If we could get a massive reaction in Nottingham against the introduction of higher tuition fees and threats to Educational Maintenance Allowance for younger  students, that would be proof that this current unrest is no flash in the pan but indicative of a desire for real social change. Young people will take what they are entitled to if the ConDems won’t listen, and their teachers and Notts SOS will support them.

See also: UK COVERAGE on The Guardian website and on BBC.

Plan for follow up STUDENT STRIKE on Tuesday 30th November (Facebook link).

NEW: View poster for 30th November follow up action.. Contact email NSACAF@GMAIL.COM

6 responses to “Nottingham happenings over university fees hike and follow up action on 30th Nov

  1. Encouraging meeting at the uni. Clearly some serious campaigning there looks likely and we should support them as much as possible, especially those of us in education unions like mine, the UCU, and the NUT.
    If anything gets going at the uni we should use it as a rally point for sixth form students who, elsewhere in the country showed their desire for a fight against the coalition’s plans.
    One thing that worries me is the possible division at a national level that might make things difficult at individual unis. The NUS did nothing positive for today as far as I see. What happened today was the work of a myriad of individuals and activists who just had to do something.
    We need unified campaigns against Fees and Cuts at uni level, as now seems possible at Nottm Uni, but also unity at a national level. The Notts SOS campaign with the involvement of various political tendencies on the left should discuss how we can bring pressure to bear to unite the student left against fees and cuts.

  2. 2 postings that local students and others will find interesting
    1) From NCAFC Facebook group
    Tuesday, November 30 · 11:00am – 2:00pm
    Location Everywhere
    The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts


    The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and a general assembly of London students have issued a call for further action on the 30th of November.
    We can’t let our campaign end with the walkouts on the 24th – we need to keep the action coming! On the 30th of November, take whatever action you can – either a walkout, a protest after college, a banner drop, an occupation, a protest during school… whatever it is, take action!
    In every college and every campus where action takes place, an ongoing organisation needs to be formed. A committee of mobilised students (whatever it calls itself) should meet every week (or more frequently) and democratically decide how to take the campaign forward. Where possible they should organise mass meetings in the college/uni to make decisions about the campaign. Set up a blog or a facebook group for your local and link it to Try to pull off actions regularly, even if they are only small.
    Every college should:
    • not make cuts
    • open the books – come clean about management salaries
    • not waste money on consultants
    Every city should have a city-wide general assembly every week that brings together representatives of all the different college anti-cuts campaigns. These city-wide assemblies should make decisions about joint actions. They should be run democratically – the chair should rotate and the meeting should not be the ‘property’ of any one group or faction. Everyone should respect the decisions that get made collectively.
    Send a report of whatever action you take to the National Campaign at (also email us if you need help or more information). Include pictures if possible!
    Here are some ideas:
    * After school, rally in front of your local town hall/Lib Dem/Tory Party HQ and demonstrate
    * Stage an occupation in your university (if one is not already going on)
    * Drop a large banner from a tall building in your school or college
    * Hold a protest at school/college/on campus; make some noise; hand out leaflets; march through the school
    * Walk out
    2) Demands of one of the occupations taking place (UCL)
    They have collectively drawn up a list of certain demands to be placed
    on UCL management, calling on them to
    * Issue a statement condemning all cuts to higher education and the rise in tuition fees
    * Implement a complete ‘open books’ policy with regards to existing budget constraints
    * Ensure no redundancies for teaching, research or support staff
    * Reverse its outsourcing policy by bringing staff back in-house
    * Implement the full living wage package for all cleaning, catering and security staff with no cuts to hours and jobs
    * Ensure no victimisation or repercussions for anyone participating in the occupation
    * Allow free access in and out of the occupation.

  3. Further day of action has been called for next Tuesday:

  4. Do something on a weekend folks! We parents want to stand next to you but work gets in the way.

  5. Is there a writeup of the meeting anywhere? Was the Claimant’s Union represented? Was the room booked rather than occupied? I’m curious about how far beyond University of Nottingham staff & students the discussion/attendance spread and would love any more information.

    Notts CutWatch:
    The statistics suggest the University of Nottingham will have 48 per cent, some £45 million, cut from its central teaching grant, while Nottingham Trent could have 86 per cent – some £67 million – of its teaching grant slashed.

    I don’t really follow the logic of staging follow-up action on the isolated campus again, largely invisible to the wider groups at risk under the circumstances of cuts & service losses (practically everyone) when the fees issue can be brought under the NOTTS SOS non-sectatrian umbrella. A point: the flier doesn’t acknowledge that ‘The’ university is actually only one of two, and the one in possibly a slightly less precarious position (the flier reads as if it is only aimed at student of UoN, & so lacks a tone of unity). Was there co-ordination with local schools?

    From outside the organising groups, Nottingham looks at risk of punching way below its weight in the maintained campaign nationally. There’s a risk of worsening alienation using the UoN campus as a venue, it looks (& I think the worth of focus on ‘the Left’ is very debatable). Sorry to be critical, it probably reads more negative than intended – I think the fact it was carried off and that plans are being made is really great, and the 20th was excellent.
    P.s. Are there any local facebook or blog pages for the 30th?

  6. Ask through address on the poster?

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